With the pending transition of Tarleton State University-Central Texas to the Texas A&M University system, Central Texas College (CTC) will continue to serve students and the community in much the same way it does today once that transition is complete. CTC is not currently a part of Tarleton-Central Texas and will not become a part of Texas A&M-Central Texas (TAMU-CT).
CTC will continue stand alone and offer freshman and sophomore level courses to complement Texas A&M-Central Texas’ upper level (junior and senior) courses. The two institutions will work as partners, along with Temple College, in expanding degree opportunities to the citizens of the area. CTC will also continue to hold its two-year graduation ceremony each May recognizing students achieving an associates degree or certificate of completion.
The new Texas A&M-Central Texas will continue to operate in a leased building on the CTC campus until a TAMU-CT campus is constructed. TAMU-CT will move classes and some offices into the new CTC Nursing Building when it is completed in 2011.
The independent status of TAMU-CT will benefit CTC students in providing more flexibility in tailoring degree programs to local area needs. CTC will work closely with TAMU-CT to ensure community and workforce needs are met with a combination of four-year and two-year degrees and certificate programs.
The state of Texas is divided into 50 community college “districts,” each served by a state-supported community college. CTC serves a district that comprises western Bell and eastern Coryell counties, along with a service area including western section of Bell County, Burnett, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Mills and San Saba counties, portions of McCollough County and portions of Williamson County, as well as Fort Hood and the state correctional facilities located in Gatesville.
CTC is a two-year open admission community college. And like all Texas community colleges, it offers courses to meet the freshman and sophomore requirements for a baccalaureate degree, to train for new careers or upgrade skills for better jobs and to master basic reading, writing and mathematics needed to function as independent adults. CTC also provides a continuing education (non-credit) program for occupational and recreational/cultural enhancement.
Due to its large distance education program, primarily serving military personnel and family members, CTC has distinguished itself from other community colleges. More than 60 percent of CTC’s enrollments are from students located outside CTC’s service area in central Texas. CTC offers classroom courses on military installations across the U.S., in Europe, in the Pacific Far East, in deployed locations like Iraq and Afghanistan and on Navy ships at sea.
Tarleton State University-Central Texas, tomorrow’s Texas A&M University-Central Texas, is a unique university, offering upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Established September 1, 1999, the university currently serves more 2,000 students and provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including online, night and weekend classes. Students include community college graduates and transfer students, working adults, active military service members and returning students who are pursuing degrees, fulfilling career educational requirements or attending classes for personal enrichment.
As a result of its diverse and growing student population, classes are offered at several convenient sites, including area community colleges, high schools and on Fort Hood in order to accommodate both full- and part-time students and serve the entire central Texas area. Full-time faculty, advisers and support staff are available to assist students with admission, financial aid, degree plans and career planning, both during the day and extended evening hours.
To encourage a seamless transfer from community colleges to upper-level work at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, the university has developed agreements with central Texas community colleges like CTC that enable smooth transfers, without a loss of credits, for students who begin their community college studies with Texas A&M-Central Texas in mind.